Jonathan Saunders was chosen as this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund winner, and will receive £200,000 cash prize. He’ll also be able to take advantage of top tier mentoring opportunities — not that he’ll need it. Saunders’ designs are already worn by the likes of Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama.
Saunders beat out Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda llincic, Marios Schwab, Zoe Jordan and Meadham Kirchhoff, as well as footwear label Nicholas Kirkwood for the award. And since he’s the BFA’s big winner, we figure we’ll be hearing a whole lot more from him. So we thought we’d give you a few tiny tidbits about this up and coming designer. Check out your new fashion overlord.
“There have always been black players on the scene — at the moment look at the stylist Edward Enninful, make-up artist Pat McGrath and [models] Jourdan Dunn, Liya Kebede and Joan Smalls, who are at the top of the tree … In a society where the mass of the consumers are white and where, on the whole, mainstream ideas sell, it’s unlikely there will be a huge rise in the number of leading black models. If you look at the characters that sell magazines such as [British mags] Grazia and Heat, it is Jennifer Aniston, Cheryl Cole and Catherine Middleton.”
–British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, who says she doesn’t believe there’s any institutional racism in fashion. Well, let’s just say it takes some institutional racism to know some institutional racism. Well, as long as white consumers are happy. (Sarcasm.) [NY Mag] Keep reading »
Many of us at The Frisky were completely bummed when Alexa Chung‘s MTV show, “It’s On With Alexa Chung,” got canceled, not because we watched it regularly (we’re at work at the time, as we suspect most of the audience was), but because it gave us the opportunity to see Alexa’s outfits on a daily basis. Thankfully, she’s on the February cover of British Vogue, and she’s doing a style diary on their website all month. The best part about her “Today I’m Wearing … ” posts is that you can tell the photos aren’t professionally shot since they’re sort of fuzzy, like cell phone snaps. Even so, we get the idea of what she’s got on and her descriptions are priceless. Yesterday, she paired “a bow in my hair by Kleenex” with a white Topshop dress, and today she stood at what she calls a “petrol station” and said her chic nerd ensemble was “boring …. Tomorrow will be better.” We’ll be checking back to see if she keeps her word. [Vogue.co.uk] Keep reading »
Yet another person is weighing in (sorry, I couldn’t resist) on the so-called “size zero debate,” and those of you who are tired of looking at girls who can count their vertebrae in magazines will love this. British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman sent an angry letter yesterday to a bunch of leading designers and fashion houses telling them that the clothes they were sending her magazine were just too freakin’ small. Only anorexic gals can fit into these teeny tiny garments, she says. And she went on to confess that her team often has to retouch photos just to make the girls look slightly less skeletal. [Metro UK] Keep reading »